By Mike Leone


July 21, 2016            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Erie, PA)…After a busy week with a pair of Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance events at non-weekly tracks, Expo and Ransomville Speedways, last week, the Series makes a return visit this Sunday (July 24) to Eriez Speedway, one of the Weekly Series member tracks.  It'll be the second and final appearance of the 2016 season at Bobby and Kathy Rohrer's racey 3/8-mile oval.


Bryce Davis leads the Series to Eriez as hot as the summer weather.  Davis has won three of the last four Tour events including three straight "Marquee" events with his first wins at Tri-City, Lernerville, and Ransomville and finished runner-up in the "Platinum" event last Wednesday in his first ever Expo start.  The Hornell, New York driver's earnings in the those four events have eclipsed the $7,000 mark and has propelled him into the point lead by four over fellow three-time winner and New York resident, John Waters.


Mike Pegher, Jr. was strong early on picking up a $2,000 win at Wayne County Speedway in early June, but has since fell off the pace and has slipped 23 points behind Davis in third place.  Just 16 points separates fourth through seventh in points with Jason Knowles leading Will Thomas III, Brian Knowles, and Dave Lyon as all four of those racers look for their first wins.    


Another $2,000 pay day will await the 30-lap feature winner at Eriez.  Back on May 29, Rob Blair picked up the victory in his only start of the season as he swept the night setting fast time, winning his heat, the K&N dash, and leading the entire way in the feature.


Rob's son Max, the defending Sweeney Tour champion, has yet to make a start this season with the Touring Series; however, has been on a tear at Eriez of late as he's won all three features in the month of July giving him five on the season, and has moved into second in the overall Sweeney Weekly Series points.  The only other driver to win a Sweeney Weekly Series event this season at Eriez is Jason Genco, who has three wins. 


"We have to thank the Rohrers for stepping up and giving us two $2,000 to-win Marquee Tour events this season," stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig.  "Eriez is one of our strongest weekly car counts and their regulars are always tough against our Touring drivers.  Eriez has also done a tremendous job with their surface as it's received rave reviews week in and week out and the track has put on tremendous racing all year no matter what division."


Bobby Lake Motorsports "Shock the Clock Qualifying and Beat the Heat" will be utilized meaning the fastest qualifier will receive $100 and all heat race winners will earn $25.  The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run paying a $100 K&N certificate to win, $50 K&N certificate for second with $25 cash for third and fourth place.  The K&N Dash will also set the beginning of the 30-lap feature lineup for the top two finishers in the heat races if there are less than five heats or for the heat winners if there are five or more heats. 


Precise Racing Products will award a $100 gift card for the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger that passes the most cars in the feature.  The TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night” will award three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate for a discount off any TBM Brakes purchase.  


RUSH Officials will choose the "Maxima Performance" Award for a driver that exhibits a performance worthy of such.  The winner will receive a free case of either Maxima Semi-Syn High Performance Racing Oil or Maxima Performance Racing Oil of your choice.  In addition, the winner will receive one can of SC-1 clear coat, one 16-oz bottle of Maxima Cool-Aide concentrate, one 32-oz quart of Maxima PSF power steering fluid, and a Maxima t-shirt.  The value of this prize package is $170!  


Also, CrateInsider.com will award a $25 gift certificate to the driver that finishes last on the lead lap at the finish. 


Feature payoff: 1. $2,000  2. $1,000  3. $650  4. $550  5. $470  6. $435  7. $410  8. $370  9. $340  10. $310  11. $280  12. $270  13. $260  14. $250  15. $240  16. $230  17. $220  18-24. $210. 

Non-Qualifier: 1. $175  2. $150  3. $140  4. $135  5. $130  6. $125  7. $120  8. $115  9. $110  10-24. $105.  Tow $100.


2016 Sweeney Touring Series Points (includes combination of Marquee & Platinum): 1. Bryce Davis 590  2. John Waters 586  3. Mike Pegher, Jr. 567  4. Jason Knowles 552  5. Will Thomas III 542  6. Brian Knowles 540  7. Dave Lyon 536  8. Eric Wilson 514  9. Bruce Hordusky, Jr. 506  10. Brian Swank 472  11. Alan Dellinger 434  12. Tony White 404  13. Clinton Hersh 299  14. Matt Latta 250  15. Randy Hall 175  16. Kyle Zimmerman 167  17. Charlie Duncan 166  18. Dennis Lunger, Jr. 161  19. W.L. Stile 149  20. Jared Kane 140  21. Josh Double 89  22. Michael Duritsky, Jr. 88  23. Damian Bidwell 83  24. Mike Franklin 71.  


You do not have to a member of RUSH to compete.  Transponders are not required at Eriez.  RACEceivers are always mandatory.  The entry fee is $100.  Pit passes are $30 at Eriez.  Pits open at 4 p.m. at Eriez.  Warm-ups are slated for approximately 6:15 p.m. with qualifying at 6:30.   


Eriez Speedway is a 3/8-mile track located outside of Erie, Pa. in Hammett at 9821 Sampson Rd., Erie, PA 16509.  For more information, check out www.eriez-speedway.com.  Follow them on Twitter @EriezSpeedway1 and like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eriezspeedway


RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, FK Rod Ends, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Rocket Chassis, Bobby Lake Motorsports High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.


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